OpenUtilities Substation Help

Panduit Wire Terminations Overview

The Panduit Wire Terminations software is a set of tools that provides the following functionality:
  • Takes the physical routing and wire length information generated by the Shortest Distance Routing function and places it in a file that can be read by your wiring department or an automated wire-cutting machine. It also allows you to error-check for any oversized or undersized wires based on the component(s) use.
  • Assigns the correct terminator (lug, ferrule, or terminations such as rings, fork, spades, etc.).
Note: Some of the functionality can be used without using the Shortest Distance Routing program but in this case data such as wire length may not be available and routing of daisy chained wires will be based on the schematics which may not reflect real world routing.
The Panduit Wire Terminations software has a number of utilities and features. The software is located in the PanduitWireTerminations folder located in the Plugins folder of your OpenUtilities Substation installation. When this folder is present, three functions are added to the OpenUtilities Substation menus:
The functionality works as follows:
  • Use the Assign Connection Points command in the Panduit Data Editor to enter information into a parts database for all components (part numbers). Specify the following information:
    • Minimum/Maximum wire gage
    • Stud size
    • Strip length
    • Acceptable terminator types or classes
    The software will use this information when determining the appropriate terminator to assign. Wire gauges are managed with the Gauge Table Editor.
  • Instead of having to select every possible termination part type that a terminal will accept in the Panduit Data Editor, you may also select classes. A class is a user-defined group of terminal types. For example, if your company commonly uses five different types of ring termination, you can create a class called Ring. Then, when using the Panduit Data Editor, instead of having to individually assign five different Panduit ring types to a device, you can just select the Ring termination class. The software then knows that the device can accept any of the five types assigned to the class. Maintaining classes is done through the Panduit Termination Editor.
  • Perform the actual determination of components. As the project is completed, you must assign part numbers to devices and assign gauges to their wire connections. With this information, the software can look up the part number and connection point of each device and find the types of terminations that the part can accept. It can get the stud size and wire gauge needed to do proper sizing. All that is required is a method that will allow the software to select exactly which of the terminals allowed on a device will be used in the connection list. This is done through the Panduit Terminations utility which allows you to set which types of connectors you prefer to use for the current project. You rank your preferences and the software will then select the highest ranking termination type from the allowed terminations and assign it to the wire.
  • Create the actual output by selecting the Output button in the Panduit Terminations dialog. The user may want a text report, and Excel file or to output the information directly to a wire cutting machine. All of these are possible through a formatting dialog.